A young Chinese-American surgeon named Wilhelmina (Michelle Krusiec) finds her life turned upside-down when her unwed mother Gao (Joan Chen) gets pregnant. Gao refuses to name the father and is shunned by her traditional Chinese community, who expecting her to get married in order to save face and regain her respectability. Gao has no choice but to move in with her daughter Wil. Meanwhile Wil has a secret of her own that she has been keeping from her mother; she has fallen in love with a female ballet dancer named Vivian.
Wil and Vivian's romance progresses in secret, but it soon becomes clear that Gao knows more than she is letting on. Meanwhile Gao goes on several dates with men in hopes of finding someone to marry her. Things only grow tenser and more complicated when Vivian is offered a position in a Paris ballet program and Gao receives a marriage proposal from one of her dates.
Now both mother and daughter must choose between honesty and happiness and make decisions that will change their lives forever.